My first guest is a great example of a life-long international educator. Henri Lemaire spent 36 years overseas and has some fantastic stories to share about his journey. He is a former colleague that officially retired in June of 2017. I hope you enjoy listening to some of his favorite stories abroad.
Before we begin the interview, here is this episode’s iteachoverseas tip:
Instead of purchasing expensive luggage to bring back all of your summer purchases, buy heavy duty plastic bins. They are cheap, lightweight and provide the protection for your favorite perishables that will get you through those third world blues during the school year. Buy bins that have holes in the lips of the container where you can zip tie them shut. Once you get to your home away from home, you can use them as storage containers if you have the room. In today’s show notes iteachoverseas.com/101, I will link to a few types that have proven to be very strong and reliable.
With his first year of international teaching in Algeria under his belt, Henri moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. He spent the next 6 years teaching French immersion in public schools during the day while taking night courses to get his Bachelor of Education. Eventually he earned a Masters in French Literature. When it came time to leave the US, Henri wanted to stay abroad and he kept his mind open to all possibilities including former war zones.
Like most international teachers, school breaks offer a lot opportunities to explore and find adventure. Sometimes adventure finds you.
I hope you have enjoyed listening to Henri’s stories.
I would like to take a moment and dedicate this episode to Stephen Bougor who passed away in December. Steve had a passion for traveling and spent 2016/2017 traveling the world. Steve had a passion for history and an amazing ability of connecting with Middle school students. We will miss you Steve.
I’m Daniel Mendes from iTeachOverseas podcast. Thanks for listening.